The Rockville City Council voted to name council member Viola D. Hovsepian to fill the unexpired term of Mayor John R. Freeland, who announced he will resign in mid-November.
The selection of Hovsepian, in her second term as a council member, is expected to become official at a City Council meeting later this month, officials said, and she will serve the 12 months remaining in Freeland's term. Freeland announced this week he will resign after Nov. 18 for personal reasons.
Hovsepian was one of three council members seeking to replace Freeland. At a closed meeting Thursday night, she voted for herself and got supporting votes from two of the other three council members -- John Tyner II, who also had sought the mayoral position, and Douglas M. Duncan. "I'm pleased the other members of the council were willing to support me. It's something I didn't expect," Hovsepian, 57, said yesterday. A retired mathematics teacher, she is the wife of Dickran Hovsepian, a former Rockville mayor and Montgomery County Council member.
Hovsepian, Tyner and Duncan also voted to name Peter R. Hartogensis, a Rockville planning commission member who unsuccessfully sought a council seat in last April's election, to replace Hovsepian on the council.
The remaining council member seeking the mayoral position, Stephen N. Abrams, said he voted against Hovsepian and Hartogensis.
"I think the city has been done a bit of a disservice in the process," Abrams said yesterday. "I don't think either measure up to what we're losing in John Freeland."
Duncan disagreed. "I think it turned out very well," he said.